Monday, November 1, 2010

Friends in the Desert

Yesterday I got back from a crazy, fun, moving and meaningful weekend with my girlfriends in Palm Desert, California. We met there from around Southern California to celebrate our longtime friendships but most of all, to celebrate our dear friend Shannon's 40th birthday.

This photo was taken in the California desert back in the 1970s. That is me on the right standing next to Shannon who I have ( clearly ) known most of my life! We share so many memories that our lives are woven together in the same tapestry and I can't imagine my life without her in it.

"Let there be no purpose in friendship
save the deepening of the spirit."
Kahlil Gibran

We are family. Most us have known each other since grade school ... before boys ... careers, husbands or kids. We have been there to celebrate when we're the best version of ourselves and be there when things get really tough. We love each other. We're lucky.

Shannon's Saturday night "Birthday Sushi Dinner!"

"In the sweetness of friendship
let their be laughter
and sharing of pleasures."
~Kahlil Gibran

Flashback to 21 years ago in San Diego, California

Birthday Girl looking gorgeous at 40! Had fun drinking champagne and curling her hair, which doesn't happen often because she is pretty busy with her 7 year old twins!

Happy Birthday Shannon!

"Let the best be for your friend ... "
~ Kahlil Gibran

I am grateful for so many blessings in my life and along with my family, my friends have been my greatest gift. We aren't perfect but we love each other and share our lives and our humor and our talents and gifts with each other. Each one of us contributes something special ... something amazing.

Take a moment call your friends, send a card ... an email ... something ... and let them know you love them.

Blessings and light to you,
my blogging friends,
for a beautiful November beginning!


Theresa said...

How lucky to have this gift in your life and to be able to see them and have girl time together.

Joyce said...

Happy Belated Birthday Shannon! I love how you and your girls from little on have managed to stay together through the years. This is a blessing indeed. I love all the quotes too. xo

PK Studios said...

Okay. Never have seen that photo of you and Shannon in the desert! Where did you find it????? Love the contrast of the group now and 21 years ago. Y'all are more beautiful now! ....of course the 80's were hard on everyone : )

Cobalt Violet said...

Yes Theresa ... I feel very lucky!

Thanks Joyce and yeah, we definitely make a huge effort to get together. Sometimes it works out better than others of course!

PK- you haven't seen it? It's very tiny and in color but I changed it for the post. Don't you love the joshua trees? I know, the hair in the 80s wasn't great ... nor the make-up ... the clothes ... we finally learned to go with what is flattering rather than the trends!

KathyA said...

Having those life-long friends is indeed a precious gift.

Ruthie Redden said...

How precious to have such long standing friendships, folk who have known you through thick & thin. I read not so long ago that as life goes through its fazes, our friendships change as do the meaning of those friendships, the older we get the more precious they become. It looks as though a fab time was had by all x beautiful photos x

Kerry O'Gorman said...

You all look like sisters! It truely is a gift to have friends in your life like this. I don't have a lot of close friends, but those I have are near and dear to me...quality not quantity. Love the quotes as well.

Turid said...

What a lovely post about such lovely and important things. True, real friendship.
I have one. One special friend in Portland, OR. We're so in tune we can communicate above and under water through whale song. (did I forget to mention intuitively?)
At the moment we're working on the ancient art of teleportation.

Oh friends...

Loree said...

Lovely post. Reminds me of besties too :)

Candy said...

I love visiting your blog. This post made me feel so good. The desert picture is perfect. The other photos are terrific, too. Please wish Shannon a happy birthday from me in the Nevada desert:)

Cobalt Violet said...

Thank you for the beautiful comments ... and you are right ladies, it's definitely about quality not quantity and they do become more precious as we get older!

Turid - let me know if you figure out the teleportation thing! :)

Victoria said...

Wow..such a fun and beautiful and heart warming post!! Love the flash back! aweseom! And yes your friend is a gorgeous 40..I will be 40 next year..I can't wait!
Thanks for sharing this gorgeous post of friendship and love and life!

Dmdieu said...

Love this post Lu. Simply put: Beautiful

Milk and Honey Home said...

how beautiful is your blog and your writing and your old friends. I am loving it! Julie

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